I discovered a great quote about role of books in contemporary life yesterday
“..books still represent the most economical, flexible, wash-and-wear way to transport information at a very low cost. Computer communication travels ahead of you; books travel with you and at your speed.” Umberto Eco in Vegetal and mineral memory: The future of books
Andrew Eason of Adminicle is fortunate enough to work with old manuscripts. He has placed online some beautiful images of illuminated treasures.
After browsing the album take a look at his visual journals as Andrew Eason is a book artist as well as a librarian.
The annual Lifeline book fair was held this weekend. All proceeds go to their telephone counselling service. This means I can always justify a dash of over spending.
Second hand book sales are just wonderful things if you have the hunters instinct and I never miss this event if at all possible. I have already admitted to a love of typography so when I saw this copy of Modern Lettering by ‘Draughtsman’ promising to be “a useful reference for the commercial artist, copy writer, ticket and sign writer, shopkeeper, club secretary and others” my hand reached for it. There is no publication date but I think it was published as part of the Foulshams Easy Method Series in the 30’s or perhaps the 40’s. Imagine my delight when I spotted on the cover ‘shop at blogs’. Page 53 illustrates this ‘ultra-modern script pen lettering’.
I also have a soft spot for travel journals. “A journey to Florence in 1817 by Harriet Charlotte Beaujolois Campbell aged 14 years” looked to be a fun read. I was also taken with the sampler metaphor used on the dust jacket which I admit is torn. Dipping between the covers of the book Harriet Charlotte Beaujolois Campbell is haughty as many 14 year olds are but I am looking forward to her view of the grand tour.